Effective 22 May 2020, the Minister established the Board of Inquiry (under the Coal Mining Safety and Health Act 1999) about a serious accident that occurred at Grosvenor mine on 6 May 2020 and various high potential incidents involving longwall-related exceedances of methane that occurred in the Queensland coal mining industry between 1 July 2019 and 5 May 2020.
Counsel Assisting is a term used for barristers appointed by the Board to facilitate the Inquiry. Counsel Assisting gather information and assemble and present the evidence in the conduct of the inquiry.
The Board obtained information through assistance from the community, interviews of people with knowledge of relevant facts, testimony at public hearings, documentary evidence and research.
Hearings were open to the public unless the Board determined that a hearing was required to be held in private due to special circumstances.
Hearings were live streamed from the Board’s website.